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Air Force Association: Educator Grant Program
The Air Force Association’s Educator Grant Program is designed to promote aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program encourages the development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. Examples of acceptable activities and items include:
- Classroom science or technology demonstration kits
- Classroom science supplies
- Science manipulatives
- Science and technology software for K-12 use
- Supplies for making flying objects
- Supplies for a robotics program
Deadline: September 1 – December 15 (annually)
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation: Bookmobile Grant Program Application
The purposes of The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation are to advance literacy and foster a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth in the United States. The Foundation’s Bookmobile Grant Program supports organizations operating lending bookmobiles that travel into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. Bookmobiles operated by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and other non-taxable agencies, including public libraries or schools, are eligible. The grants are for purchasing books published for young people from preschool through grade 8, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses.
Award: $500 to $3,000
Deadline: September 1, annually
Blue School Grant
The mission of the Blue School Grant is for students to develop an appreciation for Florida's water, an understanding of water as a limited resource, and a water ethic that they can foster throughout their lifetime. The grant amount is up to $3,000 per teacher/school, if multiple teachers apply. A total of $60,000 is expected to be awarded for the 2023-2024 school year. Eligible applicants are educators working with K-12 students in public and charter schools. Schools must be within the boundaries of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Projects may be for individual classes, teaching teams, or a grade level.
Award: Up to $3,000
Deadline: September 15
NEA’s Student Success Grants
The NEA Foundation wants to support educators engaging students in project-based and deeper learning to support the development of skills and dispositions contributing to success and fulfillment in a changing world.
Deadline: September 15
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
Through our Learning & Leadership grants, we support the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:
- Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research.
- Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.
Deadline: September 15
McDonald’s Golden Grants (Florida and South Georgia)
McDonald’s is proud to support our local communities through the Golden Grants program to help non-profit organizations that serve children from ages 5 -18, including those in grade levels K-12. Qualifying activities include the following, as long as need is demonstrated:
- Arts activities •Education initiatives
- Mentorship and empowerment programs
- After-school programs
- Community service
- Sports activities
Deadline: September 15
Justin J. Watt Foundation
The Justin J. Watt Foundation offers support to middle schools that do not have sufficient funding for after-school and athletic programs. The foundation offers Equipment Grants for after-school programs, such as athletic teams for grade 6 through 8. Examples of eligible items include uniforms with school name or numbers; safety equipment, such as helmets, pads, or mats; balls, bats, or nets; and storage equipment. Please see website for examples of eligible items.
Award: $2,000 - $6,000
Deadline: September 16 – January 15: Sports starting in March, April or May January 16 – April 15: Sports starting in August, September or October
Clif Family Foundation
The Clif Family Foundation invites applications for its grants program, through which operational support grants will be awarded. Priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate strong community ties; operate within viable and clearly defined plans for positive change; and address two or more funding priorities at the same time, which may include strengthening the food system, enhancing equitable community health outcomes, and safeguarding the environment and natural resources.
Deadline: October 1; February 1
Association of American Educators Foundation Teacher Scholarship
Teacher scholarships can be used for a wide variety of professional development opportunities and materials. These include conferences, in-services, and materials for PLCs. The scholarship will cover all associated costs with attending these events or obtaining these materials. Teacher scholarships do not cover classes or materials in pursuit of a graduate degree.
Deadline: October 1 and March 1; annually
James E. Dutton Foundation
The James E. Dutton Foundation awards grants for projects that enhance human life through-related activities and education, and those that positively impact the environment, wildlife, and animal life. Proposals must specify how educational and other goals will be met and how a project aligns with the foundation’s mission. There is no formal grant application. Grant requests should include a cover letter with contact information and a narrative description of the organization and its mission; project/program, linking purpose, schedule, and budget; and how project/program success will be determined and measured. Eligible applicants are Public, Private, Charter (including homeschools), and other organizations with 501(c)(3) status.
Deadline: October 11, 2022
Your Place in Space Challenge
The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new CTE program called the Your Place in Space Challenge, inviting high schools to “submit designs for a product or service that will contribute to space missions and exploration.” The Your Place in Space Challenge will connect the dots between the skills students build in CTE programs and the fulfilling careers they can have in the space industry.
Deadline: October 30, 2023
Box Tops for Education
The Box Tops for Education program offers multiple ways for schools to earn cash through everyday activities, such as buying groceries, shopping online, and making purchases with a credit card. In addition to the traditional clip program, participants can earn by using a grocery store receipt and the Box Tops App to scan for eligible items. Participants may also earn through bonus offers available on the App. Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10 cents, and schools can use their Box Tops cash to buy the supplies they need to succeed, from art supplies to gym equipment.
Award: Up to $20,000/year
Deadline: November 1 (December payment); March 1 (April payment)
Classroom Research Grant Pre-K-6 – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. •
- The primary applicant may be either a mathematics educator or a classroom teacher currently teaching mathematics at the grades Pre-K-6 level.
- No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year.
- Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to reapply. The primary applicant must be a current (on or before the application deadline) Essential or Premium member of NCTM.
Deadline: November 1
Air & Space Forces Association (AFA) Educator Grants
The purpose of this program is to support aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grades. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum.
Deadline: December 15, 2023
The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in music education for children.
Award: $100 - $10,000
Deadline: January 15, 2024
Rolling Grant Opportunities
Adopt a Classroom
Adopt a classroom is a website that connects donors and teachers in an effort to bring needed supplies to classrooms.
Award: Up to $1,000
ALDI Cares Community Grants
ALDI, Inc. provides funding in the form of philanthropic donations and/or gift cards to local nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on our Children’s Health & Wellness and Food Insecurity while supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. Eligible applicants are public and private kindergarten through grade 12 schools and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that benefit children in the geographic areas located where ALDI stores, offices, or warehouses in Alabama; Arkansas; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, DC; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky. Applications must be submitted using the online system.
Award: Awards range from $100 to $5,000
Deadline: Monthly (Rolling)
Alternative Fuel Foundation
Funds are available for educational institutions to aid in the development of programs that promote renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and earth stewardship.
Award: Up to $1,000
Believe in Reading - Grants for Literacy Programs
Supports the efforts of non-profit organizations that teach, improve, or encourage reading by people of all ages from around the world. Grants are awarded to existing and provably successful literacy programs.
Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund
The Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund makes grants in the areas of education, child development and welfare, and the environment and conservation. Examples of previously funded programs include expanding music education for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and promoting professional development for music teachers; hands-on botanical and art museum experiences for children who are underserved; and employment and leadership support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Charlie Lovett Elementary Drama Grants
Each year, the Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama provides grants to elementary schools across the U.S. These grants are designed to help elementary schools enhance or establish a production based, drama-learning program at the school. Grants can also be used for the school’s drama productions.
Award: up to $300
Colibri Grants, Inc. awards Advancing Education Special Project Grants to kindergarten through grade 12 public school teachers across the nation. Competitive projects will significantly advance and influence student learning to met the unfunded educational needs of students. There are no restrictions to a proposal's subject matter or area of curriculum. Eligible applicants are US kindergarten through grade 12 public school teachers. One grant per teacher and a maximum of two teachers per school will be considered per academic year.
Award: Up to $5,000
Digital Wish Grants
Digital Wish Grants aims to help teachers receive funding for technology in their classroom. Through this program, teachers that submit a lesson plan are automatically eligible to be entered to win up to 50 technology grants. Participating teachers can share classroom stories and experiences and Digital Wish Grants will add them to the website. This allows potential donors to make contributions.
Award: Various Grants (e.g., Computer Science Teacher Grant $1,000)
Teachers can request donations to support their classrooms virtually. Donors see these requests and responds to teacher requests at their will.
Award: Up to $1,000
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides grants that support programs to address the summer reading loss (“summer slide”) experienced by rising kindergartners through rising third-graders and programs that advance energy, engineering, and environmental education through student programming or teacher professional development. Programs serving underrepresented, low-income, or diverse audiences, including women and minorities, will be given preference in this grant cycle. Programs that extend into out-of-school time will be given preference in this grant cycle.
Deadline: Annually November 15 – January 31
Eduporium Educational Technology Grant
Our grant is open to all educators in the United States and we encourage everyone to apply! The application process opens on the first of each month and concludes on the 20th. Following the 20-day submission period, our team will review all new grant applications and notify the awardee by the last business day of the month. We will announce the recipient via our Twitter account, email newsletter, blog, and contact the person directly. While you can apply for grants as often as you’d like, educators may only apply for the Eduporium grant once per month with one application per person. Those awarded the grant are then ineligible to apply for one calendar year. Recipients may use their grant award on any of the hundreds of STEM, MakerEd, and computing technologies available on the Eduporium store.
Award: $500 EdTech
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round
Fruit Tree Orchard Donation Grant
Fruit tree donations are provided for the purpose of benefiting people and the environment and, in the case of schools, for educating on the importance of trees for the environment and fruit in the diet. FTPF seeks schools that can accommodate at least 20 to 25 trees on school grounds (planted at 15foot intervals) near existing irrigation sources (e.g., spigot or sprinklers). Eligible applicants must own the planting site or have long-term arrangements to remain at the planting site, be committed to caring for the trees in perpetuity, and coordinate local volunteers to help with the tree planting. Recipients must agree that the orchard will not be used for any for-profit enterprise.
Award: High-quality fruit trees and shrubs, equipment, on-site orchard design expertise and oversight, horticultural workshops, and aftercare training and manuals
Good Sports Equipment Grants
This organization provides sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to youth programs offering sports, fitness, and recreational programs. Eligible proposals must directly serve youth between the ages of 3-18, in need; in the U.S.; and do not charge a participation fee that exceeds $299. Eligible school districts must serve students who receive free/ reduced lunch and proposed programs may define the type of physical activity participants engage in. Winners will be responsible for operational costs, including equipment shipping.
Award: Up to $1,500
Goodyear Foundation Community Grants
This program focuses on building and supporting collaborative programs that create positive outcomes for people, communities, and the world around us. Their key focus is global and local Safety, Knowledge & Sustainability as reflected in projects that impact where Goodyear operates. Proposals should promote stronger and safer communities; inspire people to reach their potential in school and or careers preparation; stimulate waste reduction and energy conservation for our planet. Applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the start of your proposed program or project.
Award: $5,000 to $25,000
Glenn W. Baily Foundation Grants
the foundation invites letters of inquiry for innovative early childhood STEM education programs in Florida. The foundation aims to fund projects and programs that give students and educators more resources for developing and participating in STEM-based, hands on learning. any program or idea supporting students in Pre-K through 12th grade and into college or vocational studies is eligible.
Deadline: None; Letter of Intent accepted on a rolling basis
H2O for Life Service-Learning Grant
The funds from this grant must be used to assist teachers and students as ‘Start-Up Funds” for their H2O for Life service-learning project. These small grants require participating schools to create a fundraising project budget and an implementation plan for their school year that will raise funds to support an H2O for Life Global Partner School.
Inventionland Grants for K–12 Schools
Inventionland Education is the catalyst that inspires innovation in the classroom through hands-on curriculum, professional learning, and Innovation Labs®. Students work in teams to learn the process of innovation in a real-world environment.
Award: Up to $1,000,000
Kars4Kids Small Grant Program
The Kars4Kids Small Grant Program is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives around the country, helping us impact more children. The Kars4Kids Small Grant Program provides support, typically ranging from $500 to $2,000, to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. with a focus on doing work on behalf of children. Areas of interest include education, youth development, and mentorship. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Kars4Kids website to submit an application online.
Award: $500 - $2,000
Kid Spark Education
Students of all backgrounds deserve a chance to learn and love STEM. The Kid Spark STEM Equity Grant Program makes this possible by providing Title I schools everything they need to encourage STEM learning in the classroom, free of charge.
Award: Comprehensive Curriculum. STEM Labs and Professional Learning
The Fund's Mission is to improve the lives of the elderly, people with disabilities and disadvantaged children and families. Today, the McKeen Fund continues to support the donor's philanthropic philosophy and values, including an emphasis on giving to Roman Catholic organizations. The Trustees will also consider in addition to the donor's preferences, the demands of a changing world and its impact on the Fund's mission. The Fund also recognizes the donor's value of service and philanthropy going beyond just grantmaking. Fund resources extend to direct charitable activities, including leadership, expertise and a commitment to our grantees and other non-profit organizations.
Award: $5,000 - $10,000 However it states up to $50,000
Pets in the Classroom
PetSmart Grant is redeemable at your local PetSmart store for specific items to support your classroom pet.
Award: Variety of small one-time grants
A School-Based Healthcare Solutions Foundation is awarding recurring Principal Discretionary Grants of up to $5,000 per academic year, as well as a mental health professional to support student behavioral health services on campus. Apply online.
Award: $5,000 for three years
Publix Requests for Donations
Publix recognizes the importance of supporting charitable activities within the community. As part of its mission, Publix focuses its charitable efforts on the following areas: youth, education, reducing hunger, and alleviating homelessness. All requests for gift cards, sponsorships and program ads must be submitted on the letterhead of the applicant’s non-profit, tax-exempt organization at least four weeks prior to the event date. 501(c)(3) applicant organizations must include a copy of their “letter of determination” from the IRS.
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: health care, education, the arts and children. Applications are not in any specific format. Information submitted must be specific enough to give us a clear picture of the intended project, why the project is being proposed and who will benefit and how it will be administered.
Award: Unspecified amount
Ross Stores, Inc. Foundation
The Ross Store-Based Giving Program provides support – primarily in the form of gift cards – to federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, and government programs serving a community within 25 miles of a Ross Dress for Less or dd’s DISCOUNTS Store.
Award: Gift Cards
Salad Bars To Schools
Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. To qualify for a Salad Bars to Schools grant you must offer the salad bar as a part of the reimbursable meal served in your district. The 6-foot, f ive-well salad bar package is for locations that serve at least 100 reimbursable meals daily.
Award: Salad Bar, hardware and pans w/covers
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round
School Based Healthcare Solutions Network, Inc.
SBHSN is designed to bring and support highly skilled clinicians into schools, after-school programs,
and youth summer programs to assist personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and local communities. By implementing this program, SBHSN expects to achieve increased access to school-aged youth who may otherwise not have access to counseling services and increased awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth and adults on campus.
Non-profit agencies with a proven track record of providing intervention and/or prevention services on school campuses. To be eligible, non-profit agencies must have existing strong partnerships with a Title 1 middle and/or high school having a student enrollment of at least 500 students, of which 60% are classified as free or reduced lunch status.
Award: $5,000/year for 3 years
Deadline: First come first serve
Solaris Garden - Hydroponic Systems for Schools
Solaris Gardens welcomes all schools and educational facilities to bring the joy of an indoor hydroponic garden into your classrooms. Please fill out the application in the link below. They work with a generous donor who makes it possible for students to learn how to grow food indoors completely free to the school. They will reach out within 24hrs of your application submission to get you started!
Award: Complete Solaris Garden hydroponic unit and funds for growing supplies
Staples stores support non-profit organizations through We Care gift cards and in-kind product donations. These donations allow organizations to get the supplies they need from Staples to help make a community event or program a success. All requests are evaluated by the local store and decisions are made at the discretion of store management. Request more information from your local store manager.
Award: Gift cards; In-kind product donations
The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences
Awesome projects range from public artwork to mobile applications to scientific experiments. Projects are not strictly defined but tend to challenge and expand our understanding of individual and communal potential. They should also bring communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment, however temporary. Grants are provided with no strings attached, and the foundation claims no ownership over the projects it supports.
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Our “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public and nonprofit schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition. The “Fruit Tree 101” event is typically completed in two parts. The first, typically held on a weekend to accommodate volunteer schedules, involves planting the orchard under the direction of our certified arborist. The second part, held when school is in session, invites students to join FTPF’s instructors for a fun, hourlong lesson about the importance of trees for the environment and fruit in the diet—culminating in a group tree planting exercise.
Award: Fruit Trees
The Haggerty Foundation
The Hagerty Foundation provides programs and financial support in three focus areas: Car culture, Education, & Innovation. With the purpose of keeping driving alive for generations to come, we provide scholarships for students in the automotive field of education, offer financial support and mentorship for automotive start-ups an innovative businesses, and continue to build a federally recognized program through the National Historic Vehicle Register, that documents and records the important history of automobiles. The License to the Future program offers grants to young drivers (between the age of 14-18) to cover the cost of Drivers Education
Award: Up to $500
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and DonorsChoose.org make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of the U.S. create classroom projects requests, and people give any amount to the project that inspires them.
Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote families across the U.S. The focus of the Foundation’s grant-making is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed various time throughout the year.
Award: $2,000 to $10,000
Yellow Buses in State Park
The purpose of the “Yellow Buses in the Parks” program is to assist with the transportation costs associated with field trips to State Parks, so that no child is deprived from the benefits of seeing Florida’s natural, cultural, and historical parks. Grants can be requested for paying for transportation costs for these trips by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award: Transportation costs for Florida State Park field trip
Youth Development Foundation
The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand, or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or secure facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S.-based or international nonprofit, tax-exempt organization involved in the operation of a youth baseball and/or softball program and facility. Organizations operating in the U.S., or an international location are eligible to apply.
SDIRC School Choice Videos
Indian River Virtual School began in 2016 and is the School District of Indian River County full time virtual model. We proudly serve students from Kindergarten through 12th grade and offer a full-time virtual option with a local connection. Our curriculum aligns to State of Florida standards and offers the flexibility many parents and students desire.
Magnet & Choice Enrollment
Selection is conducted through computer generated lottery. The lottery will be conducted after January 15 and parent/ guardian will be notified. Subsequent lotteries will be run in March, May, and July.The application will be closed during each lottery window and will re-open once the lottery pending acceptance emails have been sent.The final date for all magnet & choice applications will be June 30 th for the following school year.
SDIRC Choice and Community Booklet 2023-2024
SPANISH of SDIRC Choice and Community Booklet 2023-2024
High Impact Grants - The Education Foundation of Indian River County
What are High Impact Grants? A process to fund innovative school or classroom solutions that advance student achievement. Each Fall school principals and teachers are encouraged to submit a "Letter of Idea" outlining what you would like to accomplish. Proposals address one of the following areas with a focus on increasing student achievement: School CulturalClimate [...]